Amazon looks to create 3,000
cashless stores in the US
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The American retail industry is bracing itself for a
new onslaught by Amazon, amid reports that the
e-commerce giant could open as many as 3,000
high-tech inner-city grocery shops by 2021.
The $940 billion company was said to be
considering a wider expansion of Amazon Go, a
grocery shop concept that has no cashiers and
uses an artificially intelligent motion-tracking
system to record what shoppers buy.
Amazon Go’s technology combines the same
computer vision, sensory and artificial intelligence
systems that are used in self-driving cars, but the
company is not saying precisely how it works. The
technology in Amazon’s first Go shop is thought to
have cost about $1 million.
Amazon has poured considerable resources
into its grocery business in the past 15 months,
not least buying Whole Foods, the upmarket
organic grocer, for $13.7 billion last summer.
It opened its first Go branch underneath its
headquarters in Seattle at the start of this year. It
now has three in the city and one in Chicago. That,
however, may be only the start. It aims to have
opened ten branches by the end of the year, fifty
by the end of next year and as many as 3,000 by
2021, sources told Bloomberg News.
Shell partners with Microsoft to spot smokers
Artificial intelligence is now helping bust people
who smoke at fuel stations.
Microsoft and Shell are collaborating on a pilot
project to integrate AI tools into fuel stations,
starting with one in Thailand and one in Singapore.
The Shell stations use video cameras and a device
inside the station that runs Microsoft’s cloud
intelligence program -- Azure IoT Edge -- to catch
people smoking at the station. Smoking near
gasoline poses serious safety risks.
In Netherlands, every
McDonalds Drive-In will
have EV chargers
Netherlands-based company Nuon has signed a
contract with fast food chain McDonald’s that will
see EV charging stations installed at nearly 170 of
the franchise’s McDrive locations.
Under the agreement, Nuon – a subsidiary of
European utility giant Vattenfall – will install two
fast-charging stations at all McDrive locations,
in line with the fast food company’s objective to
make all its restaurants more “sustainable.”
Due to commence at the end of 2018, the
collaboration allows EV drivers to charge their
vehicles in as little as half an hour – just enough
time, to grab a Happy Meal.